Deadly Sunny Day
Detective Rich Smith is inside his apartment reading a book while watching
TV. Turn to an unknown man knocking on his door. Rich gets up from the
couch and answers the door. Cut to the door opening and Rich getting
punched in the face. He lands on top of the coffee table and crunches it.
Rich puts up a struggle and finally the unknown man knocks Rich out. The
unknown man puts Rich in the trunk of his car and drives off. Opening theme
Scene 1-Rich Smith's Apartment
JC, Ellie and Nina enter Smith's apartment. The place is sealed off with
crime scene tape and other officers are searching the place for clues to
Smith's disappearance. JC looks around and checks the window. A Uniformed
Officer approaches JC and Ellie.
JC: What did you guys find?
Uniformed Officer: Looks like there was a struggle between Smith and his
attacker. We found a trace of blood on the floor. Forensics is taking
samples back to the lab to see if it might be Smith's.
Ellie: Who would want to abduct Rich? (Looking to see Smith's phone and
house keys) He wouldn't leave without his house keys or his phone. JC, I
think someone took Rich and has him stashed somewhere.
Nina: All the windows were locked and nothing seems to be taken guys. Why
would the attacker pick Rich to kidnap?
JC: Well, there's no motive for it. Let's head back to the station.
Ellie looks around and sits on the couch. JC heads over to Ellie.
JC: You okay Ellie?
Ellie: (sighs) You think this person might kill Rich?
JC: Don't say that Ellie. We'll find Rich and that I promise you. C'mon
let's go the station and piece up things we found here.
Ellie: Your right JC. I think I'll feel better once we're at the station.
(She gets up and walks right out the door)
JC: (to Nina) I don't think this was an ordinary attack on Rich.
Something's definitely up.
Nina: (Replying) You think someone tried to kill Rich?
JC: I'm not sure Nina, but if Rich put up a struggle on his attacker.
There's a good chance he left a clue behind for us. C'mon let's ask the
doorman if he saw anything.
Scene 2-Lobby area
JC and Nina meet Ellie at the lobby. They approach the doorman.
JC: (flashing his badge) I'm JC Williams this is Detectives Nina Moreno and
Ellie Cateeti from the 4th Precinct. We're investigating the disappearance
of Detective Rich Smith. Did you see anything unusual last night or anyone
going in or out of here?
Doorman: I did see a car parked across the street for almost an hour to
two. I did see Mr. Smith when he came in. He didn't look that well. He
looked kind of tired and exhausted. He didn't say much just took the
elevator and went to his apartment. I did see a guy dragging something to
his car and plunked it in his trunk.
Ellie: Can you describe the guy you saw?
Doorman: Yes, he was about 5'9" with short dark hair with blonde streaks in
it and he was wearing jeans and a jacket. It was kinda hard to see anything
else since it was dark.
Nina: When was this?
Doorman: Just a little after 2am. I did hear a bang sound like someone had
JC: (handing his card over) If you remember anything else, give me call.
Doorman: (taking the card) Sure, no problem.
Sights of New York and the sun setting beyond downtown with cars rolling by
and cut to the 4th Precinct.
Scene 3-4th Precinct
JC, Ellie, Eddie and Nina are sitting at their desks. Ellie looks at Rich's
desk to see how empty it looks. The chair and everything seems to be
untouched. Ellie stops what she's doing and goes over to Rich's desk. She
starts digging through his pile of case files and finds a notepad with some
notes on it. She takes it and walks over to JC and Eddie.
Ellie: (to JC) I found Rich's notepad and looks like he scribbled some
notes on here from a case he was working on.
JC: (taking the notepad and looks at it) Eddie, take a look at this. Smith
was working on a missing person's case and must of found something.
Eddie: (surprised look) Oh man, Rich was very close to solving the case.
(Sees an address scribbled on the corner) Looks, like he was suppose to
visit this person. I don't see a list of bad guys except this place he
wrote down and the words 'Snitcher' written below it. I didn't know Rich
had a snitch.
Lt. Cooper: Torres, Moreno, Williams and Cateeti. My office now.
The four head upstairs to Lt. Cooper's office and enter.
Lt. Cooper: (takes a look at their notes) Guys I don't think this was no
ordinary kidnapping of Smith. Rich was working a missing person's case
involving children being abducted near school parks. He had his eye on a
perv who was released over a year ago from prison. Witnesses described the
scumbag as the same person who could have kidnapped those kids. This was at
Ellie: How does Rich fit in all this?
Lt. Cooper: Rich was tracking this guy down for almost month until he found
a trail leading to this guy. I want you guys to nail him and get him on the
kidnapping charges. We get this guy; he can lead us to where Smith is being
Eddie: Rich wrote the name of a snitch on his notepad. He might have gotten
some info and went to check it out. Maybe we outta start there.
Nina: JC, Ellie and I could talk to the snitch. Eddie could find out who
the guy released from prison was.
Lt. Cooper: Okay, better find out what you can get and find Rich before
it's too late.
JC and Ellie pull up to a bar called 'Zing-zing's. The three of them get
out and walk right in. Smoke fills up the room and music is playing from
the jukebox in the corner. Ellie sees a guy wearing a leather jacket
smoking a cigarette in the corner checking his watch every five minutes. He
is sitting in a booth alone. Ellie approaches him. The guy seeing Ellie
walking over gets up and runs to the back door.
Ellie: (running) Freeze! Don't move! JC, Nina, he's going around the back!
JC and Nina run outside and to the alley where they see Ellie and the guy
running. Ellie grabs the guy and slams him to the ground. Nina pulls Ellie
off the guy while JC puts the cuffs on him.
JC: My man, we just want some information. You didn't have to run.
Guy: I thought he sent someone to kill me. I figured if the cop who got the
info from me would give me protection.
Ellie: (very angry) What happened to Detective Smith??? Where is he??
Guy: (catching his breath) I don't know. He was supposed to meet me here
last night so I could tell him who was kidnapping those kids. When he
didn't show, I stayed here so that bastard who's trying to kill me wouldn't
figure out where I was. Look, I'll tell you all I know if you just take me
somewhere where I can be protected okay?
Nina: (to JC) I don't trust this guy.
Ellie: If we find out you're lying to us, I will beat you so hard you will
be eating your food through a fucking straw!
JC pulls Ellie to the side.
JC: Look Ellie, I know this is frustrating because Rich is missing, but you
don't have to get violent to get info out of this guy.
Ellie: I know JC, but I just want to get Rich back in one piece. I don't
want to think that Rich is dead. I know he's alive and that we'll find him
and the bastard who has him. (Ellie's cell phone rings)
Scene 5-Unknown warehouse over in Brooklyn
Rich is tied up to a pole with shackles and cuffs with a gag in his mouth.
The unknown person who is in his mid thirties with dark hair and about 5'9"
wearing a dark jacket and jeans. The guy holds a gun to Rich's head.
Ellie: (answering her cell) Hello?
Voice: If you want to see Detective Rich Smith alive as well as those
missing children, then buy some flowers and deliver them to East 44th St.
on the west side of downtown New York. Come alone. If I see any cops or
you're being followed, then I kill Smith and those missing kids and I'm
going to make it very brutal.
Ellie: (getting angry) Who is this? What do you want with Detective Smith?
Why did you keep those kids?
Voice on phone: I kidnapped them for money. I nabbed Smith because he was
following my trail and he got too close to catching me. I'll give you two
hours to comply and show up at the corner of 44th St.
Ellie: How do I know that Rich is alive? Let me talk to him.
The guy puts the cell to Rich and removes the gag.
Rich: (shaking) Ellie, it's me. I'm okay. I see the missing kids. They're
locked up in a storage cage. All of them are here. Tell JC and the guys
that I'm okay. I...
Voice on the phone: Corner of 44th St. and bring the flowers. (Hangs up)
Ellie: Hello??? Hello??? (Tapping her cell)
JC: Ellie, what's wrong?
Ellie: (Putting the phone in her pocket) Rich is alive.
Scene 6-4th Precinct
Ellie and the others are gathered at Nina's desk.
Nina: What did this guy say Ellie?
Ellie: He said that he has Rich and those kids he kidnapped. By the sound
in the background he must have been calling from a warehouse. I heard a lot
JC: Did he say anything else?
Ellie: Guy said to get some flowers and go to the corner of 44th St. I need
a wire and a vest.
Lt. Cooper approaches the group.
Lt. Cooper: Okay guys, what did you find out from the snitch?
JC: Says Smith was on the trail of the missing kids and the perv that was
released from prison is involved. The snitch was afraid he was going to be
killed. We got the snitch in protective custody in a safe house somewhere.
Ellie: Lt. Cooper, the guy who got Rich called me on my cell. He's holding
Rich somewhere in a warehouse along with those missing kids. He told me to
meet him at the corner of 44th St. and to come alone or he'll kill Rich and
those kids and this guy means business.
JC: You think he's bluffing?
Nina: He wouldn't kill Rich or those kids. He knows we'll nab him if he
does. We need a plan.
Eddie: We can't risk getting Rich killed. I'd say we just do what the guy
says, but we can put a wire on Ellie and nab this guy before it's too late.
How much time did this guy give you Ellie?
Ellie: 2 hours. He said no cops or he kills them.
Lt. Cooper: Ok, Ellie will meet him at the corner of 44th St. Torres,
Williams and Moreno will move in when he's made contact with her.
Otherwise, you just have to follow them if he takes her to where Rich is
at. Be careful you guys okay.
Ellie: I'm not going to let you down. (Grabs her jacket and walks out the
Scene 7-Corner of 44th St. near a Flower Shop
Its near sunset as the street becomes calm. JC drops Ellie off halfway near
the corner. People are walking by going about their business. Ellie checks
her wire and piece inside her coat. She goes the flower shop and purchases
some flowers. JC and the others sit in the truck nearby checking it out.
Ellie leaves the shop and waits at the corner. She checks her watch. A guy
Man: You Detective Cateeti?
Ellie: (turning around) Yeah, that's me. (Hands over the flowers)
Man: (taking the flowers) You weren't followed Det. Cateeti?
Ellie: What makes you think I was being followed? I just want to get Rich
back alive. You're the one who has him.
Man: I'll admit I kidnapped those kids, but I did it out of revenge. I
nabbed Detective Smith because he was getting too close.
JC: (looking through binoculars) There's our bad guy right there.
Eddie: (headphones on) This guy is giving one hell of a confession. Looks
like he's going to tell us where Rich is at or lead us to him.
Man: I'll take you to Smith. My car's this way. (Leads the way)
Ellie does a secret signal to JC to follow. He sees the signal.
JC: Looks like we're about to follow our bad guy. (Turns the engine on)
Ellie and the man drive off heading towards the Brooklyn Bridge. JC follows
closely to the car, but not too close. Fifteen minutes later, the man pulls
up to a warehouse. The pair gets out.
The two of them walk inside. Ellie looks around and sees Rich chained up to
a pole. She runs over to him until the man pulls out a gun.
Rich: (spitting out the gag) Ellie! Behind you!!!!
Ellie turns around and sees the gun.
Ellie: (yelling) Drop the gun! (Points it at the man) Don't make me do
Man: You don't have the guts bitch! You shoot me I kill Det. Smith in the
Rich: Take the shot Ellie!
Man: Make the choice detective. Your partner's life or killing me (Aims the
gun at Rich and is about to fire)
JC: Ellie's in trouble! Let's move guys! (Nodding to Nina and Eddie)
The three run out of the truck and run into the warehouse. They see the man
and Ellie in a standoff.
JC: Drop the gun! It's over!
Nina sees the children being held up in the storage cage and opens the
The man tries to take a shot at Rich, but Ellie fires hitting the guy in
the chest. He falls down. Ellie is shaken after the shooting.
Eddie unchains Rich and helps him up.
Rich: (patting Eddie on the back) I'm glad to see you guys. I guess I blew
my case to bring this guy to justice Eddie.
JC: It's not your fault Rich. This guy was after you and it ended in a bad
way. C'mon let's get you back to the station.
Nina: (to Ellie) you okay?
Ellie: (shaking) I shot him. Why did I do it though? Nina, did I make the
Nina: It's okay Ellie. He had a gun and was about to shoot at Rich. You did
what you had to do.
Ellie: I don't know how I can handle this Nina. I just killed a guy who
almost killed my partner.
JC: (patting Ellie on the back) Been there done that.
Ellie has no emotion for what she has done. She walks out the door with the
Vanessa Carlton is on stage with the Counting Crows singing 'Big Yellow
Taxi'. Ellie is sitting at the bar drinking a drink. Rich sits down next to
Rich: Thanks for saving my life.
Ellie: Yeah it was no problem. I'm sorry I killed the guy Rich.
Rich: You did what you had to do Ellie. Those kids owe you their lives. You
saved a bunch of kids from this bastard.
Ellie: What if this happens again? What if I get someone killed trying to
save someone else?
Eddie, JC and Nina approach the pair.
Eddie: (signaling the bartender and orders a drink) Hey guys! How does it
feel to be alive again Rich?
Rich: (chuckling) a lot better Eddie thanks. I'm just glad I didn't get
Nina: (patting Rich on the back) It's good to have you back on the team
JC: My man I'm just glad to see ya.
Rich: (to Eddie and Nina) Okay if I talk to guys alone for a second?
Eddie and Nina: Sure
They grab a table.
Rich: Ellie's still shook up about what happened. Could one of you like
talk to her? She's still blaming herself about killing that guy.
Eddie: I think I'll let Nina handle this one.
Nina: It would be no problem Rich. I'll talk to Ellie and help her through
The music plays on. Everyone in the room dances to the music. End of the